Wednesday 21 August 2019

I'd lift the cup again even though it got me suspended - Flynn

Daryl Flynn of Moorefield. Photo: Sportsfile
Daryl Flynn of Moorefield. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Daryl Flynn admits he would do it all again after picking up a suspension for lifting the Dermot Bourke Cup, the prize for the local senior football championship, despite being sent off earlier in last month's Kildare county final.

Flynn and vice-captain David Whyte were dismissed in the clash against Celbridge but 13-man Moorefield prevailed before winning their Leinster quarter-final against old rivals Portlaoise without their experienced duo.

Under the rule, a player who has been sent off can't take part in an after-match presentation ceremony but as captain - Whyte was his vice-captain and they lifted the cup together - he pressed ahead anyway and now finds himself suspended by the Kildare CCC for the opening game of next year's county championship.

"If I could make the decision again I'd lift the cup again," said the former Kildare midfielder.

"You mightn't get that chance again in your life," he added.

That Whyte joined him in accepting the cup was not, he insists, a "dig" at the county board.

"It was always the case that if we won I was going to lift the cup with him (Whyte) because we're captain and vice-captain.

"I know the two of us got sent off and people might think we were rubbing it in to the county board but it was actually always the plan that if we were to lift it, we'd lift it together. We've done it over the years, when Ross (Glavin) was captain and Kevin (Murnaghan) was vice-captain they lifted it together, and Roli (Ronan Sweeney) and Ian Lonergan. It wasn't a dig."

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Flynn described the rule as "bizarre", adding: "I'd never heard of it being implemented before. I would never have heard of it until just as I was about to go up to the steps."

"You have a choice, it was strange. I don't know what you'd do if you were playing for your club and you had a chance to lift the cup? I would put that question to anyone. So I made the decision that I wanted to lift the cup."

Moorefield were considering an appeal, according to Flynn, but his main concern was the team winning the final in their absence.

"The defensive shift they put in with 13 men, probably unheard of for a county final.

"They were underdogs before the county final so I can't imagine what the odds were after how many minutes into the game and we lost two players.

"We would have been well underdogs then but they pulled it out of the bag. And they showed on Sunday week (against Portlaoise) that they have a great squad.

"Obviously Portlaoise had beaten us over the last few years as well so we'd found it hard to get over them," he said.

"We were probably down for most of the game but in the last seven or eight minutes boys kicked on and showed true character, for Eanna (O'Connor) to get a great goal and 'Niallo' (Niall Hurley-Lynch) to step up. In the county final 'Niallo' probably had to be sacrificed and taken off for (replaced Sweeney after 20 minutes) what other lads did but for him to go and kick the winning point was great."

Flynn and Whyte return for the trip to Aughrim to face Wicklow champions Rathnew in the Leinster semi-final on Sunday, but Adam Tyrrell and Ryan Houlihan are expected to be missing because of tours of duty with the Defence Forces.

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